A man who allegedly stole a phone, then made a call to a friend who was coincidentally with the owner of the phone, was nabbed by Whangarei police.

Whangarei officer Aaron Furze said alcohol, clothes, a knife and a cellphone were allegedly taken during an alleged burglary of a Tikipunga house.

Suspicions were aroused when a man made a call to a friend who was with the phone owner, who quickly realised something was not right.

Police were called about 11.20am yesterday and arrested a 31-year-old man on Spedding Rd in Tikipunga.

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He will appear in Whangarei District Court later this month on charges of burglary and unlawful possession of a knife.